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How quickly can you treat my rodent or wildlife problem?

At ABC, we understand that discovering a rodent or wildlife problem can be quite alarming, and most homeowners want a specialist to come promptly to address the issue. We try to make this process as easy as possible by offering you the choice to call to schedule an appointment or to book an appointment online. Sometimes, we’re even able to offer you an estimate over the phone. 

How do you treat for rodents and other types of wildlife?

The first step in an effective treatment plan is to have one of our wildlife control specialists conduct a preliminary inspection to locate any potential entry points any unwelcome guests could have used to gain access to your home and yard. After we ask you questions about the activity you have noticed to get an even better understanding of the problem, we will present you with an estimate for a customized treatment plan. Once you’ve reviewed and approved our estimate, we’ll get started on resolving your problem. 

A specialist implementing rodent control in Fort Worth

Normally, we’ll begin by placing traps in the areas where wildlife has entered your property, as well as in areas with signs of pest activity. Then, we will come back to safely and, whenever possible, humanely remove rodents and wildlife from your property. Once all of the creatures have been removed, we will seal off potential entry points and install protective barriers to keep these creatures out in the future.

What kinds of rodents and wildlife can you get rid of?

ABC is happy to handle any type of rodent or nuisance wildlife that is taking up residence on your property. In the Fort Worth area, we commonly get calls regarding:

  • mice
  • rats
  • raccoons
  • opossums
  • squirrels

We also commonly help homeowners when birds have nested in their attics or eaves and are causing problems.  

How I might I know I have a rodent or wildlife infestation?

Although actually spotting a rodent or other wildlife is the most obvious sign of an infestation, most varieties of nuisance animals are nocturnal and so often go unseen. A few other indicators that wildlife are nesting or living on your property include:

  • Droppings around your home and yard
  • Foul smells, such as the smell of urine or a musky smell 
  • Holes gnawed in furniture, plastic and wood 
  • Scratching or scampering sounds coming from inside your walls or roof 
  • Pets that are growling or barking at your walls, as well as other odd behavior 
  • Greasy marks along your walls or baseboards 
  • Overturned trash cans
  • Lawn damage 

If you have noticed any of these signs of wildlife activity around your property, reach out to ABC and we can rid your home of these unwanted guests.

Can’t I just buy traps to catch the animals myself?

While you can attempt to trap smaller creatures, such as rats and mice, you may forget that once you catch the rodents, you also have to dispose of them. Also, rodents are prolific breeders, so eliminating an entire population requires strategic placement of traps in hard to access spots and checking them regularly. Some female mice carry up to ten litters in a single year, so it's important to eliminate the entire population instead of just slowing it down. 

To make things even more difficult, rodents and wildlife want to avoid human interaction at all costs. Therefore they usually nest in hard to reach areas. Even if you're able to find these hiding spots, you'll need to set these traps correctly, which can actually be more difficult than homeowners expect. With the threat of health implications and property damage that is associated with nuisance wildlife on your property, the best route is often to let a professional handle the problem. 

Are rodents and wildlife really dangerous?

Having rodents and other wildlife on your property do pose a health threat to you and your household, as these pests are capable of transmitting diseases via their droppings, urine and saliva. Rats, mice and other rodents have teeth that never stop growing. To shave them down, these creatures will gnaw on anything they can get their teeth on. This includes wood, plaster, cardboard boxes and even electrical wiring. In fact, rodents are capable of causing electrical fires by chewing through wiring, creating a spark. Since these animals usually carry other pests with them, including fleas, ticks and mites, having these animals on your property can lead to secondary infestations. 

What can I do on my own to prevent a rodent or wildlife infestation?

The best way to keep larger pests off your property is to not leave food out and to seal off potential entry points these animals could use to gain entry. If these creatures are unable to access food, water and shelter, they will not be as likely to stick around. Bring pet food and water bowls inside or empty them before heading to bed to avoid inadvertently providing key nourishment to these larger pests. 

Why should I choose ABC?

ABC has been providing wildlife and rodent control to Texans for over 60 years. After decades of serving business and homeowners, we have learned all about these animals, including where they like to rest, the best ways to remove them from your property and how to put effective measures in place to make sure they don't return. In addition, we've earned a reputation for providing reliable services and having knowledgable, courteous technicians.

As a family-run business, one of our values is that we will always treat your home as if it was our own. Part of that philosophy extends to our hiring process. We only bring on team members who we would want on our own property, so all candidates are drug tested and background checked prior to becoming a part of the ABC family. Once on board, ABC pest technicians go through in-house training so you can expect consistently high-quality service.